Today is the feast of Bl. Angela (Aniela) Salawa, born in Siepraw, Poland, in 1881.
At 15, she went to work as a servant for a family in Cracow. For almost twenty years, Angela was in domestic service.
In 1913, she became a Secular Order Franciscan. During World War I, she worked in hospitals, tending prisoners of war without regard for their nationality.
In 1917, Angela became ill. After five years of suffering, she died on March 12, 1922, in extreme poverty, but with a reputation for sanctity.
She was beatified by Pope John Paul II during his 1991 visit to Cracow.
For more about Bl. Angela Salawa, click here.
Please click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVCtDhvAMQY> here for a YouTube trailer of "Pearl of Pearls", a film about Bl. Angela Salawa. (In Polish.)
Bl. Angela's http://www.heiligenlexikon.de/Fotos/Angela_Salawa2.jpg> remains are enshrined in the Franciscan Church at Cracow.